Austin, Texas - UMBC sophomore defenseman Nick Griffin (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) was tabbed to 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Men's and At-Large Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Griffin becomes the first-ever UMBC men's lacrosse student-athlete to earn the nation's most-recognized academic honor.
The at-large teams for the Google Cloud Academic All-America® program include the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo for both men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, field hockey and rowing for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men.
Griffin started all 13 games in 2018 at close defense and finished second on team with 14 caused turnovers and tied for fifth with 19 ground balls. Often assigned to the opponent's top attackman, the chemical engineering major was a key cog of the defense, which finished the season ranked No. 1 in the country in goals allowed (7.77).
Griffin, who is maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average, has started all 26 games in two seasons at UMBC. He earned America East First Team and All-Academic Team honors in May.
No less than 38 of the 45 members of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Men's At-Large Team have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 27 student-athletes maintaining a 4.00 GPA (or better) as either undergraduate or graduate students.
Griffin becomes the 20th UMBC NCAA Division I student-athlete to be honored by CoSIDA and the 24 th overall since 1977. He joins basketball's Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) as the second Retriever to be feted in 2017-18, the first time the Retrievers have placed two or more student-athletes on the list since 2011.
Griffin is one of four men's lacrosse players to earn Third Team honors – there were none on the first or second teams. He joins the select company of St. Joseph's Chris Blewitt, Yale's Ben Reeves, and Lehigh's Conor Gaffney.
The men's lacrosse team produced a 3.37 grade-point average for the 2018 spring semester. The team improved its grade-point average for the fourth consecutive semester and seven Retrievers, including Griffin, earned 4.0 GPA's.